Wind your way past scenic vistas, cross rivers, and stop for a bite at unique eateries. You will find all this and more on this ride of a lifetime. Hop in (or on) your favorite mode of transportation and hit the road. Spend the night at a cabin resort before heading home.

Freedom Rock, St. Robert

ROADTRIP WORTHY Pulaski County provides winding roads, scenic vistas, patriotism, and rich history, defining the classic American Ride. This featured route meanders lazily through camera-worthy land-scape, crosses three rivers, and includes stops at favorite watering-holes with unique eats, and fun sites along the way.

Pulaski County is the home of Fort Leonard Wood, the military’s largest basic training installation. Nearby St. Robert is the starting point for the American Heroes Tour. View sites such as the St. Robert Military Tribute & Freedom Rock, Black USO Chimney Memorial, Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, and other veterans memorials located throughout the county. A visit to area American Legions and VFW Posts to visit with our proud Veterans will add special memories to your experience.

Travel Historic Route 66 east to Devils Elbow, a spectacular stop on the Big Piney River and home to the world-famous Elbow Inn. Explore the railroad towns of Dixon, where murals decorate the town, and Crocker, home of the Frisco Depot Museum. In Waynesville, walk the historic downtown and visit the Cherokee Encampment along the Roubidoux River. Loop through Richland and Laquey as you cross the Gasconade River a few times.

Devils Elbow

Plan a few days in the area and choose to stay at one of the area’s fine hotels, or steal away to a unique cabin resort nestled along a river or private lake. Visit online at for digital downloads, online interactive tours, upcoming events, and more ideas of things to do and see. When you’re in the area, stop by the Pulaski County Visitors Center in St. Robert for helpful hometown hospitality.


1. Judy’s Place, Devils Elbow
2. 28 Shots, Dixon
3. Homeplate Bar & Grill, Dixon
4. Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
5. Burger Hut, Crocker
6. Hoppers Pub & Piney River Tap Room, Waynesville
7. Trail of Tears Memorial & Interpretive Trail, Waynesville
8. Drachenfutter, Waynesville
9. The Burger Stand, Richland
10. Pulaski County/Ft. Wood Shrine Club, Waynesville
11. Whoa Nellie’s Gravel Bar, Waynesville
12. The Tap on Route 66, St. Robert
13. Military Tribute & Freedom Rock, St. Robert
14. Pulaski County Visitors Center, St. Robert
15. USO Chimney Memorial, St. Robert
16. The Oak Room Lounge, St. Robert
17. Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center, St. Robert
18. Uranus Fudge Factory, St. Robert

Come along with Missouri Life TV’s host Meredith Hoenes as she travels Route 66.

Article originally published in Missouri Life’s Scenic Rides and Drive Guide 2023.